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CNS hosts international women STEM scholars

CNS has hosted group of women STEM experts from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “I was excited to host these international scholars, and pleased that they were able to meet with our faculty and learn more about our university,” said Steve Goodwin, CNS dean. “The visit took place two days after our second annual CNS Women in Science Initiative lecture, and it felt like a natural extension of this initiative as well as an excellent opportunity to interact with such distinguished international guests.” The group is visiting several U.S. locations through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Goodwin quoted in Globe feature about rejuvenating Waltham extension site

A feature story in the Boston Globe that examined efforts to win legislative approval for $20 million for the UMass agricultural extension site in Waltham quoted Steve Goodwin, CNS dean, as saying the site could be used to conduct research for urban and suburban issues such as alternative energy, food availability and food security and water-related concerns. Boston Globe

Rotello named Distinguished Professor by UMass Board of Trustees

Vincent M. Rotello, Chemistry, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor following approval by the UMass Board of Trustees, for how he has “creatively and boldly expanded his research from a focus on small molecule host-guest chemistry to his current path-breaking translational explorations of polymers, surfaces, and nanomaterials.” News release

Crosby and Irschick interviewed about Geckskin by The Star

Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, were interviewed about Geckskin, the new adhesive they have invented, and how it works. They noted that they have begun making Geckskin out of renewable materials. The Star

Longstreeth and Eicholtz win arboriculture event at 2014 PLANET competition

Luke Longstreeth '12 AS, '14 and Nicolette Eicholtz '14 AS, '16, both Stockbridge School of Agriculture, competing as the school's Arbor Team, won the arboriculture event at the 38th annual PLANET Student Career Days and National Collegiate Landscape Competition. News release

Daniels '93 M.S., '97 Ph.D is Distinguished Alumni Services recipient

Jody J. Daniels '93 M.S., '97 Ph.D. (Computer Science) has received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Services Award from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. An active duty Brigadier General with the U.S. Africa Command, Daniels is the deputy director responsible for the intelligence and counterintelligence facilitating situational awareness and threat warning and assessment across 54 countries. In her civilian career, Daniels served as the first director of advanced programs for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories and as strategic level representative for multiple technology areas including cyberspace, human terrain, and mobile computing.

Zhang and Xiao receive 2014 Armstrong Fund for Science award

Guodong Zhang and Hang Xiao, Food Science, have received this year’s Armstrong Fund for Science award from UMass Amherst. Read more

2nd Annual Women in Science Initiative Lecture: Susan Metz

Susan Metz speaks at 2nd Annual CNS Women in Science Lecture on "Moving Beyond Fixing the Women to Changing the Culture in Academic STEM Fields," April 7, 4:00 p.m., Student Union Ballroom. Senior research associate and director of diversity and inclusion at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Metz discusses how unintended bias affects hiring, retention, and promotion of women faculty, and identifies research-based strategies to engender an inclusive and productive work environment. Metz has secured nearly $10 million in federal, corporate, and foundation grants to work with over 200 colleges and universities in supporting women and girls in STEM fields.

Oblomkov wins five-year, $420,000 CAREER grant from NSF

Alexei Oblomkov, Mathematics and Statistics, has won a five-year, $420,000 faculty early career development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the agency’s most prestigious award to support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and integrating education and research with their institution’s mission. News release

CNS students and faculty inducted into national agricultural honor society

UMass Amherst became the 54th chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the national agricultural honor society, and inducted its first 22 members, including two graduate students, five juniors, and 13 seniors studying agriculture and related majors, and two faculty. News release

DeConto and McCallum receive Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards

Robert M. DeConto, Geosciences, and Andrew K. McCallum, School of Computer Science, are recipients of the 2014-2015 Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards from UMass Amherst. These consist of a cash award of $3,500 and a year's leave of absence in which to concentrate on activities related to graduate education, research, creative work, and scholarly attainment.

CNS proposal for Center for Urban Sustainability in Waltham, Mass., now under review

A proposal by the College of Natural Sciences to create the UMass Center for Urban Sustainability in Waltham, Mass., is now under review by the Commonwealth's Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. The 58 acre-site that formerly served as the UMass Suburban Experiment Station would become a showcase facility and academic satellite for green industries and urban agriculture. News release

Crosby and Irschick interviewed about Geckskin by The Guardian and others

Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, were interviewed about Geckskin, the new adhesive they have invented, how it works, and how they are now making Geckskin out of renewable materials. The Guardian, South China Morning Post

Warren's work in diversity in urban plant and bird life is profiled

Paige Warren, Environmental Conservation, has been featured in an article about her research showing that urban environments across the globe support a diverse number of birds and plants. The survey she and her colleagues conducted is the largest analysis to date of the effect of urbanization on bird and plant species diversity worldwide. Research Next

CNS researchers receive CVIP funds from UMass to help commercialize their inventions

CNS researchers will share $100,000 in technology grants from the university system’s Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) Technology Development Fund to assist in accelerating the commercialization of their inventions. Amy Biddle, postdoctoral associate, and Jeffrey Blanchard, both Biology were awarded a grant for their project, “Probiotics for Equine Digestive Health.”
 Dhandapani Venkataraman, Chemistry,
 received a grant for his study of "Organic Photovoltaic Devices Based on Water-based Nanoparticle Dispersions."
 Igor Kaltashov, Chemistry, received a grant for his work on “Protein Conjugates Based on Bacteriostatic Proteins as Antimicrobial Drugs for Treating Infections in the Central Nervous System.” News release

McClements and Wu comment on their research showing how to reduce fat without losing flavor

D. Julian McClements and BIcheng Wu, doctoral candidate, both Food Science, commented in a story about their study for the American Chemical Society showing a way to reduce fat without losing the flavor or affecting the appearance and texture of these foods. NDTV

Dodge and Lutcavage profiled about their unique satellite tagging study of turtles

Kara Dodge, doctoral candidate, and Molly Lutcavage, both Environmental Conservation, were profiled about their unique satellite tagging study of migrating New England leatherback turtles. Lutcavage also directs UMass Amherst’s Large Pelagics Research Center (LPRC) in Gloucester, Mass. Phys.org, Science Codex, Science Newsline, Science Daily, Biology News, Space Daily, Red Dot, News release

CRF names Arnold, Sanders, and Downes as 2014-15 Family Research Scholars

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) has announced the selection of six faculty members from across campus as the 2014-2015 Family Research Scholars, including three CNS professors: David Arnold and Lisa Sanders, Psychology, and Gerald Downes, Biology. News release

Baskin awarded Marie Curie Fellowship by EU for research in UK

Tobias Baskin, Biology, has been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship from the European Union to support his sabbatical leave at the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom for the 2014-15 academic year. News release

Gierach wins Mildred Cohen Award from ASBMB

Lila Gierasch, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Chemistry, has been selected to receive the 2014 Mildred Cohn Award for her work in protein folding, structure, and function from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). News release

Geckskin chosen as Top 10 Textile Innovation for 2013-14 by the FabricLink Network

Geckskin, the adhesive material developed by Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Duncan Irschick, Biology, has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Textile Innovations for 2013-14 by the FabricLink Network. Fabriclink.com

Rawlins research featured in WHDH-TV 7 weather blog

Michael A. Rawlins, Geosciences and manager of the Climate Systems Research Center, is featured in a weather blog written by Pete Bouchard of Boston's WHDH-TV 7.

Yoon commented in story about his research showing head lice have become genetically resistant to medication

Kyong-Sup Yoon, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was quoted about his recent paper in the Journal of Medical Entomology that showed head lice are developing a resistance to the over-the-counter chemicals used to kill them and that almost all head lice are now genetically resistant to the medicine. Medical Xpress.com.

Clark commented about his research that head lice are genetically resistant to over-the-counter medicine

John Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, commented about his recent paper in the Journal of Medical Entomology that shows head lice are developing a resistance to the over-the-counter chemicals used to kill them and that almost all head lice are now genetically resistant to the medicine. National Post, Healthday.com, Headlines & Global News, Baby Center News, ABC5 (Des Moines), MyFoxPhilly.com, Health24.com

Markstein reports that several FDA-approved anti-cancer drugs induce stem cell tumors

Michele Markstein, Biology, and colleagues report that several FDA-approved anti-cancer drugs induce stem cell tumors, perhaps thwarting therapy, as published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Medical News Today, News release